I’ve noticed over the past year that when pointing out that there is a need for an individual to metaphysically handle a specific false belief system that is wrongfully influencing them and blocking their healing, nearly everyone uniformly replies: “But I don’t believe in that system!”
Whether we believe in a system or not isn’t the sole criterion for it working against our demonstration of Christian Science. Remember, there are millions upon millions who believe in each of these false concepts, and unless we’re handling the specific form of error that’s trying to obstruct our healing—both in our own thought and the world’s thought—we likely may experience its adverse effects.
So, the important questions are:
- Are we—through prayer and spiritual discernment—awake to what’s coming at us?
- Are we handling those lies based on the truths of Christian Science—the truths of the absolute supremacy of God?
And please, let’s not forget, that none of these lies are to be feared but are instead to be destroyed. As the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Tim 1:7)
Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about.
Perhaps you feel that though you’re deeply turning to God for the lesson you need to learn, you’re not able to hear what He is revealing to you. Clearly, since Mary Baker Eddy wrote:
In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as “a very present help in trouble.” (Science and Health, p. 12)
to believe that we can’t hear God is unacceptable.
But what form of animal magnetism might be trying to convince you otherwise?
Well, beliefs such as atheism that claims there is no God to hear come to mind. Or religious systems that would insist that one must pray to an intercessory saint or to a person who has passed on (such as a “guide” in occultism)—systems which falsely assert that we cannot speak to and hear directly from our ever-present Father-Mother God. Credos that fly directly in the face of the biblical truth that declares:
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. (Ps. 139:7-10)
And let’s not be naive enough to believe that we aren’t being wrongfully influenced. To some degree, we all are. As Mrs. Eddy told Laura E. Sargent:
If you believe you are above error while in the flesh, master that lie, or it will master you. (We Knew Mary Baker Eddy—Expanded Edition, Vol. 1, p. 121)
One of the great beauties of Christian Science—one that I saw from my first exposure to it—is that each of us can turn to God directly to awaken to both what we need to cast out of our thought and to what is absolutely true about our indestructible, inexhaustible, infinite relationship to our God—the truth that sets us free!
And you can believe that!